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Tabernacles: The Season of Joy

God has a pattern that unlocks His promises and brings us into His presence. In the Old Testament, we see that God the Father designed seven feasts, as expounded upon in Leviticus 23. They all point to Jesus and the things that will happen in the New Covenant. These seven feasts are God’s own holy days with specific instructions given for their observance. They’re also known as “holidays”, and each individual holiday has a special way it is celebrated. Let’s look at one special holiday in particular: the feast of Tabernacles.

The overall theme of the feast of Tabernacles is a beautiful picture of the unity of the saints and the true Church coming forth. On this special holy day, every Israelite had to leave their dwelling place and assemble together in small, humble booths for fellowship and worship. They had one common purpose in mind: to keep the feast of the Lord in its season, and to celebrate the ingathering of the wines and oils. God had provided, and the purpose was the celebrate his provision – all together, like a family.

We have been bought back from Satan and death to God by the blood of Jesus. The Messiah has come and now sits on the right hand of the Father, and He lives to intercede for us day and night. He is our high priest! We are no longer separated by the veil as in the Old Covenant. We have the right to boldly come before the throne of grace anytime, 24/ 7, 365 days a year. God wants relationship with you through His son Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man! First, salvation is provided entirely by the death of Jesus on the cross. He came that we might be rescued, made whole, made well and completely healed, and live lives for Him on earth that brings Him glory. In the Old Testament, we see seven feasts designed by God the Father. They’re expounded upon in detail in Leviticus 23. They all point to Jesus and the things that He will usher in during the New Covenant. These seven feasts are God’s own holy days with specific instructions given for their observance. They’re also known as “holidays”, and each individual holiday has a special way it is celebrated. Let’s look at one special holiday in particular: the feast of Tabernacles.

Each of the seven feasts has a process of observance with a theme that leads into the next feast – much like the seasons changing. For example, the Day of Atonement reveals the necessity of prayer to position yourself to have right standing with God through repentance. The day of Atonement has its own sets of instructions in the Bible for how the holiday is celebrated. The Day of Atonement leads to the Feast of Tabernacles, also called Sukkot.

The Feasts of Israel were built on the Foundation of the law and God’s Blood Covenant with mankind. They were physical “rituals” to help the children of Israel understand and align with spiritual truths. They were also prophetic pictures of the glory to come in Christ Jesus and all that He would bring forth in the New Covenant and in the End Times.

During Atonement, we are honoring Him in the commemorations He designed and desires. Our obedience brings us into intimate encounters with the living God. These feasts are more than a ritual, or a tradition – they are an encounter with the founder of the feasts in our hearts and being.

Then will the Lord be jealous for His land, and pity His people” Joel 2:18

What a HUGE word… “THEN”. When is then? After the repentance and cleansing of the Day of Atonement. After the time of fasting and prayer, we receive the unlimited blessing of the “Feast of Tabernacles”, which is the restoration of ALL that God has promised!

Tabernacles is called “Sukkot.” It begins this year on October 8, and is a seven-day holiday, lasting until October 15. There is an additional day called “Schmini Atzeret” as part of the holiday as outlined in Lev 23:36; Num 29:35.

The Feast of Tabernacles is our season of joy. It corresponds to the fruit harvest. It is a time of celebration of the blessings of the Lord. Sustenance and provision for the coming year comes at this time from the Lord. Everything that you ever worked hard for in those times was released during this time – all the planting, all the tending, all the weeding, and all the watering…The Feast of Tabernacles was when the fruit of all the labors was harvested. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as “the Feast of Ingathering”

In Biblical times, Sukkot was considered the most important of all the holidays, referred to simply as “the Feast” (1 Kings 12:32). It was a time of many sacrifices (Numbers 29:12-40). THIS IS the season we are COMMANDED to REJOICE for the BLESSING of God’s provision and care for our lives. It is literally “party time” – a great time of Thanksgiving to God!

It may be most important for you to remember that each feast of the seven feasts has powerful prophetic implications. They each contain imagery and symbols foretelling Jesus’ return. “Sukkot” (or the Feast of the Tabernacles) anticipates the Second coming of Jesus wherein He will institute His kingdom and all the nations will come to Jerusalem to worship the Lord during the festival (as outlined in Zechariah 14:16).

Today, Sukkot is a time for remembering God’s sheltering presence and provision for us for the year to come. God has a pattern that unlocks His promises and brings us into His presence. The feast of Tabernacles is a special holiday, with prophetic implications to our lives, the church and even the Second Coming of Christ. When we study His feasts, we come into contact with Him. Let’s celebrate our season of joy!

 

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Tabernacles & Glory

God has a pattern that unlocks His promises and brings us into His presence. In the Old Testament, we see that God the Father designed seven feasts, as expounded upon in Leviticus 23. They all point to Jesus and the things that will happen in the New Covenant. These seven feasts are God’s own holy days with specific instructions given for their observance. They’re also known as “holidays”, and each individual holiday has a special way it is celebrated. Let’s look at one special holiday in particular: the feast of Tabernacles.

The overall theme of the feast of Tabernacles is a beautiful picture of the unity of the saints and the true Church coming forth. On this special holy day, every Israelite had to leave their dwelling place and assemble together in small, humble booths for fellowship and worship. They had one common purpose in mind: to keep the feast of the Lord in its season, and to celebrate the ingathering of the wines and oils. God had provided, and the purpose was the celebrate his provision – all together, like a family.

We have been bought back from Satan and death to God by the blood of Jesus. The Messiah has come and now sits on the right hand of the Father, and He lives to intercede for us day and night. He is our high priest! We are no longer separated by the veil as in the Old Covenant. We have the right to boldly come before the throne of grace anytime, 24/ 7, 365 days a year. God wants relationship with you through His son Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man!

The Feast of Tabernacles is our season of joy. It corresponds to the fruit harvest. It is a time of celebration of the blessings of the Lord. In Biblical times, Sukkot was considered the most important of all the holidays, referred to simply as “the Feast” (1 Kings 12:32). It was a time of many sacrifices (Numbers 29:12-40). After the time of corporate fasting, prayer and giving in the Day of Atonement we enter into the Feast of Tabernacles. It is a Feast of joy, rest, unity, provision and glory.

There are 7 points which describe this feast: 1) Feast of Unity: (2 Chron 5:3) 2) Feast of Joy (Ps 126, Is 65:18-19) 3) Feast of Ingathering (Js 5:7; Hos 6:1-3) 4) Feast of Rest (Heb 4:1-9) 5) Feast of Glory (Change of Priesthoods 1 Sam 4:21; IS 60, Jn 17) 6) Feast of His appearing (God appeared in the cloud) 7) Feast of Restoration (Acts 3:19-21; Ezra, Neh, Esther, Joel) The restoration spoken of in the previous list includes:

1) Increase – A Double Portion

2) Revelation 3) Fresh Anointing 4) God’s Power – Miracles 5) Restoration 6) Financial Abundance 7) No shame but deliverance 8) God’s Presence Now let’s examine specifically the promises as we walk in this “New day of the Lord”… with his blessings and benefits:

… “the Lord shall INCREASE you the more & the more” Psalm 115:14

The word “increase” means to multiply, add and reproduce.. It means to make bigger or more. God does want you to increase as a “whole person” – He desires to put what the broken parts back together, and make you larger as a whole. Increase includes spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of your life. God desires to give you increase!

For He has given you the former rain faithfully. And He will cause the rain to come down for you – The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month” Joel 2:23 NKJV

In God’s first month (the Feast of Tabernacles), He begins sending the Former and the Latter rain. This is a DOUBLE PORTION. What does this mean? The former rain deals with the spring rains and the latter rain deals with the fall rains. The first rain prepares the land for seed time, and the latter rain prepares the land for harvest. The “normal” economy in Joel’s world was for the former rains to fall in the springtime in preparation for the grain harvests and the latter rains to pour during the autumn in preparation for the fruit. In the verse above, Joel is proclaiming on behalf of God, as he was the prophet at that time, there is about to be big time blessing where these rains would fall at the same time. Coming down in the First month of the Hebrew year. Joel was proclaiming that the harvest would be happening at the same time as the seed time! It is a move of God so glorious that you will reap at the same time you sow. There will be no waiting for the harvest to develop.

I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing..” Ezekiel 34:26

The cloudburst that is about to be released is not determined by our schedule but rather the Fathers plan. That’s why the Bible says in Jeremiah 5:24, “Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” The greatest barrier to receiving what God is preparing for us during this divine deluge is our own obedience or disobedience to God’s awesome plan. The Bible reveals this in the next verse of Jeremiah:

Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.” Jeremiah 5:25

Let us seek and obey God as never before! When God promises a double portion, it refers to something we obtain through position, not something we work to acquire. It means you will be OVERTAKEN as God’s Word promises! God’s will is that you will never lack in any area of your life. However, it’s up to us as His people to prepare our lives, to repent, to increase our capacity to receive God’s abiding and abundant grace.
 

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Tabernacles: Like A Family

Three times in a year shall all the males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose… in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the Lord empty. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the lord thy God which he hath given thee..” Dt 16:16-17

God has a pattern that unlocks His promises and brings us into His presence. In the Old Testament, we see that God the Father designed seven feasts, as expounded upon in Leviticus 23. They all point to Jesus and the things that will happen in the New Covenant. These seven feasts are God’s own holy days with specific instructions given for their observance. They’re also known as “holidays”, and each individual holiday has a special way it is celebrated. Let’s look at one special holiday in particular: the feast of Tabernacles. The overall theme of the feast of Tabernacles is a beautiful picture of the unity of the saints and the true Church coming forth. On this special holy day, every Israelite had to leave their dwelling place and assemble together in small, humble booths for fellowship and worship. They had one common purpose in mind: to keep the feast of the Lord in its season, and to celebrate the ingathering of the wines and oils. God had provided, and the purpose was the celebrate his provision – all together, like a family. If any would fear the enemy would attack their homes or take their properties during their time of absence, God promised them in obedience of honoring Tabernacles, every person, great and small, would be protected from their enemies. If we as New Testament believers could see the glory embedded in the theme of the Feast of Tabernacles, we would never have fear of someone “taking our stuff”. Our safeguard rests in obedience to the Lord, His powerful grace, and a heart willing to follow in the path which He chooses.

“So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the Lord for seven days; the first day is a day of rest, and the eighth day also is a day of rest. On the first day you are to take choice fruit from the trees, and palm fronds, leafy branches and poplars, and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. Celebrate this as a festival to the Lord for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month. Live in booths for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in booths so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” Lev 23:39-43 NIV

I believe by honoring and giving distinctiveness to these divine appointments, we align ourselves with the desires of God, allowing doors to open of spiritual opportunities – His blessing and benefits. And His blessing and benefits facilitate the restoration of all that God has promised us, as found in the book of Joel and throughout the scriptures. God has a pattern that unlocks His promises and brings us into His presence. Each of the seven feasts has a process of observance with a theme that leads into the next. For example, the day of atonement reveals the necessity of prayer to position yourself to have right standing with God through repentance. The day of Atonement has its own sets of instructions in the Bible for how the holiday is celebrated. The Day of Atonement leads to the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot. The Feasts of Israel were built on the Foundation of the law and God’s Blood Covenant with mankind. They were physical “rituals” to help the children of Israel understand and align with spiritual truths. They were also prophetic pictures of the glory to come in Christ Jesus and all that He would bring forth in the New Covenant and in the End Times. We’re not required to follow the ancient blood sacrifices for our sins to be atoned. That was settled at the cross. However, some still celebrate and honor the principles and patterns of these divine appointments, much like the early church of New Covenant believers. We can recognize that God’s appointment with us is an opportunity for us to honor Him for what he has done in our lives. When we honor God for what He has done, we celebrate who He is to us, which in turn, releases great blessings and benefits. The Day of Atonement, as with the other feasts, is a day New Covenant believers can remember what the Lord our God did for us in Jesus Christ. The last words of Jesus on the cross were “it is finished”. This means “to do something perfectly”. You could translate it “perfectly perfect” or “completely complete”. The atoning work of Jesus on the Cross is perfect in every way.

According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us to glory and virtue…” 2 Peter 1:3

He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” Hebrews 10:14

Everything you will ever need, whether spiritual or physical, financial or material, emotional or relational, has been provided by that one sacrifice. God has a pattern that unlocks His promises and brings us into His presence. When we study the feast of Tabernacles, we see a picture of the church dwelling together in unity and harmony in a humble place, fellowshipping together in honor of God. beautiful picture of the unity of the saints and the true Church coming forth. May we become that church with one common purpose in mind: to keep the feast of the Lord in its season, and to celebrate the ingathering of the wines and oils. After all, God has provided, and will provide -on Tabernacles, we celebrate his provision – all together, as a family in Christ.
 

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The Fellowship of Atonement

God’s promises do not depend on circumstances.  They depend on meeting the conditions.  The conditions for meeting God’s promises are always acquired through using one’s faith in Jesus Christ.  Faith is what precipitates gaining anything spiritually, and it is also what precipitates being able to give anything away spiritually.
James 2:20 reminds us that “faith without works is dead.”  It is not enough to sit back and confess, “I believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead – He is the Lord.”  You must also believe the same truth in your heart.  A person’s deeds and actions flow from their core beliefs.  What do you believe?  Your actions will always shine the flashlight on what it is you truly believe.  Faith in Jesus Christ dwelling in the heart of a believer results in faith-filled action. The Feasts of Israel were built on the Foundation of God’s Blood Covenant with mankind.  They were physical “rituals” to help the children of Israel understand and align with spiritual truths.  The problem with many of the Old Covenant believers is that, because of unbelief, they did not see the spiritual meanings God was intending to convey – rather, they chose to hang on to the shell of the rituals themselves.  Have you ever known anyone who was afraid of change? We are not required to follow the ancient blood sacrifices for our sins to be atoned.  That was settled at the cross.  However, we can still celebrate and honor the principles and patterns of these divine appointments.  Let me talk more about what this means. Just as the early church of New Testament believers did, we can recognize that God’s appointment with us is an opportunity to honor Him for what He has done in our lives.  Appropriating each feast’s respective meanings can be a beautiful way of celebrating who He is to us.  For example, Passover falls around the same time as Easter Sunday.  Is it any coincidence that the theme Passover – God’s people being saved by the blood of the Lamb – is also celebrated by New Testament Christians around the same time as Good Friday and Easter Sunday?  Jesus Christ is our Passover, and we have been saved by His blood. The Day of Atonement, as with the other feasts, is a day we remember what the Lord our God did for us and appropriate that finished work.  The last words of Jesus on the cross were “…it is finished.” This Word means “to do something perfectly.”  You could also say the atoning work of Jesus on the cross is, “perfectly perfect” or “completely complete.” The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ gives us everything that has to do with life and godliness.  Through our belief in Christ’s finished work, we have access to everything that we need. “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us to glory & virtue…” 2 Peter 1:3 Everything you will ever need, in time and eternity, whether spiritual or physical, financial or material, emotional or relational, has been ultimately provided by that one sacrifice.  Our power to act using our faith was given to us by His blood sacrifice.  Jesus Christ gives us power to act using our faith, which achieves the results our heart desires –  instead of acting in obedience to our flesh, which produces the results that bring death.  Jesus came that we may have abundant life! More important than the provision of everything we need, our very selves were redeemed by His one action on the cross, and subsequent resurrection.  Hebrews 10:14 tells us, “He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” We have been bought back from Satan and death to the presence of God and life by the blood of Jesus.  What a miracle He has done for us!  Jesus is the culmination of everything perfect, and He finished His work when He came to the earth. Salvation is everything provided by the death of Jesus on the cross.  It is to be rescued, made whole, made well and completely healed.  We’re “saved!”   On the Day of Atonement, we are honoring Him in the commemorations He designed long ago as a type and shadow pointing to Jesus Christ, and He desires relationship with us.  Our obedience to Him brings us into intimate encounters with the living God.  One intimate encounter with Him can change you forever!  We need to continually seek times of refreshing and times of fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ. The feasts are more than a ritual, or a tradition.    They are a situation in which Old Covenant believers had an encounter with the founder of the feasts.  For us New Covenant believers, how much more are the feasts an opportunity for deeper relationship with Him, since we have Jesus Christ? The Day of Atonement can be a time to meet Him at the mercy seat in honor of His sacrifice for our salvation.  The mercy seat is the place where God sat – or His Throne.  It is a place of holiness, justice and righteousness.  The mercy seat is a place of atonement, mercy, reconciliation.  It is a place of communion between God and redeemed man.  It is a place for the Glory of God.  Arent you glad you have access to His throne room – His mercy seat – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? The day of Atonement can be a divine appointment to honor the sacrifice of Jesus and to meet God at the Mercy Seat to remember the blood that He provided for us so that we could experience salvation. By giving distinctiveness to the day of Atonement, we can spend time in the presence of God, which always brings opportunities for all kinds of blessings and benefits from Him. God’s promises do not depend on circumstances.  They depend on meeting the conditions.  The conditions for meeting God’s promises are always acquired through using one’s faith in Jesus Christ.  Faith is what precipitates gaining anything spiritually, and it is also what precipitates being able to give anything away spiritually.   God wants to have fellowship with you, and that’s what the Day of Atonement is all about.
 

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The Anointing of Atonement

God has a spiritual pattern that unlocks His promises and brings us into His presence. We can only access His divine patterns through our faith in Jesus Christ. The Day of Atonement reveals the necessity of prayer and dedication to position yourself through repentance for restoration and His divine calling for your life.
Atonement is what facilitates the restoration of all that God has promised us. It is only until you have been made “one” with God through faith in Jesus Christ (“Atonement”) that you can receive the restoration that God greatly desires to pour out upon you. It is also only through atonement that we receive a specific and unique calling from God to do great supernatural things for Him in our lives here on earth. Simply put, it is only through the atonement that we can receive the anointing. What do I mean by ‘atonement’? Let me put it this way: At the cross an exchange took place. All the evil due by justice to come to us came upon Jesus instead. This is sometimes called, “the divine exchange.” This is what I mean by the Atonement: Jesus was punished that we might be forgiven. Jesus was wounded that we might be healed. Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness that we might be made righteous with His righteousness. Jesus died our death that we might share His eternal life. Jesus was made a curse that we might receive His blessing. Jesus endured our poverty that we might share His abundance. Jesus bore our shame that we might share His glory. Jesus endured rejection that we might enjoy the Father’s acceptance. Our old self died in Jesus that the “new” spirit of God can live in us. As children of God, we have the right to become vessels of spiritual power, able to receive life from Jesus Christ, and also able to share His life with others in the hopes that they may receive Him as well. The way that God empowers you to share Jesus is by His anointing. We get our context from Joel 2:24, “And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.” This verse says that the “vats” shall overflow abundantly with excess. These vats were dug-out wine troughs. There was a lower one, into which the juice would drain; and an upper trough, in which the grapes were crushed. It’s also called a “winepress.” So where are we getting this clue about the ‘anointing’? I’ll tell you. The winepress is a Biblical picture of overflowing, abundant joy or a FRESH ANOINTING. It is the empowerment to do the specific things God wants you to do in the earth. When we are anointed, we are endowed by God to function in a particular place. Whenever God anointed someone, He anointed them to DO something! It wasn’t just for entertainment or to feel like a superhero. There is something you are called to do for God that is very important to Him, and that you were born to do for Him! A miracle is an event that appears to be contrary to the laws of nature and is regarded as an act of God; an event or action that is totally amazing, extraordinary or unexpected.” The oil, or the anointing of God, is the power of God to perform miracles.

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Receiving the anointing from God is not a strange thing. Receiving the anointing from God to perform His assignment on the earth, by the way which will include supernatural miracles done by the Spirit of God, is a normal thing that Jesus expected His disciples to experience on a daily basis! Here is what Jesus was anointed to do:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19

The feasts of Israel were built on the foundation of God’s blood covenant with mankind. They were physical “rituals” that pointed to Jesus and were intended to help Old Covenant believers understand and align with spiritual truths. However, New Covenant believers can still celebrate the principles and patterns of these divine appointments, if we feel so compelled. Remember, the last words of Jesus on the cross were “It is finished.” After you are made one with God by receiving Jesus Christ, He will anoint you for a specific purpose. As children of God, we are vessels of spiritual power, the recipients of eternal life from Jesus Christ. We are able to share His life with others in the hopes that they may receive Him, too. The way that God empowers you to do this is by His anointing. After the atonement follows the anointing.
 

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